Jul 17, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Retention on the Basis of Grade Point Average and Probation

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Retention Based on Grade Point Average

General scholarship is indicated by a college GPA (also referred to as the “cumulative index” or “index”). Each student is expected to know how to figure the GPA and is expected to compute it each semester. Students admitted with advanced standing or transfer credits cannot use previous grades earned at other colleges in the computation of the GPA, but the number of their transfer credits will be added to the total Hunter College credits to determine retention. This means that students must have achieved a given GPA by the time they have completed a certain number of credits or they will be placed on probation and if insufficient improvement is made within a specified period, they will be subject to dismissal for poor scholarship. The standards guiding these decisions are as follows:

Retention and Probation-Undergraduate

The grade point average earned over the total period of a student’s attendance indicates the adequacy of each student’s scholarship. Below you will find minimum standards for retention and probation. Students who fail to achieve the required academic standards will be placed on academic probation. During this probationary period students who make satisfactory academic progress will continue to maintain their academic standing with the college and their concurrent eligibility for financial aid. Students who fail to achieve the required academic standards while on probation will be dismissed from Hunter College and the university system. Reminder: Academic requirements are the student’s responsibility. A student is automatically on probation when he/she fails to achieve the required standards, whether he/she has received notification of such probation from the college or not. Therefore, always be aware of your cumulative GPA. Students on academic probation should visit the Center for Student Achievement, Room 417 Hunter West.

The following table shows the minimum grade point average which each undergraduate student must meet:

Total Credits Attempted Cumulative GPA
0-12 1.5
13-24 1.75
25+ 2.0

The academic probation status remains on students’ record for the entire semester on which the code was placed. Change of grades will only affect students’ probation status at the end of the semester in which the change of grade is posted. For example if a change of grade is submitted mid-semester resulting in the student’s GPA being raised to the required GPA the probation code will not be removed. Conversely, if the change of grade results the student’s grade point average dropping below the required GPA the student will not be placed on probation mid-semester. The probation code is removed at the end of the semester if the student’s GPA reaches the required GPA.

Summer sessions are considered part of the following fall semester, therefore, grades earned during the summer sessions will impact students’ probation status at the end of the following fall semester.

Hunter’s normal probation appeals procedure will continue to consider individual cases and to make such exception to these policies as circumstances may warrant.

Students dropped from the college may not be readmitted until they have been separated from the university for at least one semester or equivalent calendar time. Students must obtain an application for readmission at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Room 203 Hunter North. Students who are separated from the college may not enroll for credit-bearing courses in any unit of the university in any status.


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